14.02.2017 - Joslyn Barnes, Anna Serner, Vinca Wiedemann, Isabell Šuba, moderated by Toby Ashraf
While great strides have been made recently by women in the film industry, there is no denying the facts: filmmaking mirrors many other professions in that it is still a little boys’ club. Prominent advocates for the cause examine the current state of affairs and show how initiatives, film schools, mentoring programmes and especially everyone involved in production can actively foster equal opportunity on grassroots levels. Questions include how to infiltrate dude-dominated technical fields as well as how to address the dichotomy of traditional male/female gender constructions and account for the multiplicities of identity in-between.
Toby Ashraf is a journalist, curator, translator and film professional based in Berlin. He writes for various publications and moderates film talks such as Berlinale Forum and Berlinale Generation. In 2014 he founded the Berlin Art Film Festival, and in 2015 he won the Siegfried Kracauer Prize for Best Film Review. He is part of the commission of the European Media Art Festival (EMAF) and organises CIMA BERLIN, a series of monthly screenings of queer Berlin films with live Arabic translation for refugees.